Depression and Anxiety

Depression

What would like to understand when it comes to depression?

Psychologists use evidence-based research to educate individuals suffering from conditions such as depression. We use the latest findings in understanding how multiple factors influence a person’s mood, and how this can affect behaviour. It is when we take the time to learn about a person’s story, do we start to make sense of why we feel the way we do.

Did you know there are different types of depression? And not everyone experiences the same symptoms. This can mean that is important to have a personalised enquiry into your mood, your triggers and what works for you in recovery.

 

Don’t let stigma stand in your way. On average, around 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men will experience some level of depression in their lifetime (ABS, 2008).

How do you know if you might be suffering? Psychologists work with you to understand more about your lifestyle, appetite, sleep, relationships, mood and outlook. We can develop a clearer understanding of your mood and work with you create a treatment plan.

Depression does not discriminate and it is important every person who suffers has access to a professional network of people who are trained to listen to their concerns.

Interventions include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Psychodynamic Counselling

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy

Behavioural Activation

Narrative Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy

Schema Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy

Psychoeducation

*be aware not all interventions are suitable for everyone and you should discuss your treatment plan with your psychologist.

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a word used to describe an intense state of fear. Anxiety is different from stress, often experienced more intensely with greater physical symptoms. Rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor concentration and feeling ‘outside of your body’ are all symptoms that can be experienced when anxiety occurs.

Someone may experience anxious symptoms and falsely conclude that there is something wrong with them. To cope with this some use short-term, ineffective ways of treating themselves, these include; avoidance, drug use or alcohol.

Do you think you experience anxiety? What do you do when you feel that way? There may be more effective ways of assisting you soothe and find better way to feel in control. Explore your story with a professional trained to assess one of the most common reasons individuals seek therapy.

It is important that as a society we understand that anxiety can cause suffering and it needs to be understood further, with compassion and education. Let us learn about your symptoms, the way you have been interpreting your symptoms and look for ways to better manage how you respond to them. You are not alone and there is a way out of the maze of anxiety.

 

There are different ways to describe anxiety, such as:

Generalised Anxiety

Panic

Social Anxiety

Phobia

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


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